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Bretford Ships World’s First Laptop Computer Carts With a Brain

Brainy Carts Help Educators Preserve Laptop Batteries; 20- and 30-Unit Models Feature Cable Clutter Closet for Organization

CHICAGO — February 8, 2010 — Bretford Manufacturing, Inc., manufacturer of dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn, has begun shipping the world’s first laptop computer carts with a brain. The company’s 20- and 30-unit Intelligent Laptop Computer carts are the only ones on the market today to incorporate a sophisticated Power Management System or “brain? that decreases heat and electrical stress while proportionally distributing power to the laptops, resulting in batteries that last longer. A special Cable Clutter Closet also keeps all power cords and wires neatly managed and stored in the back portion of each unit.

The Intelligent Laptop Computer carts were designed to give budget relief to educators looking to extend the lives of their classroom laptops while keeping the accessories that go with them organized. Bretford will show the newly shipping carts up close during TCEA 2010 (Booth #508) February 8-12 in Austin, Texas. In addition, up to $75 in end user rebates will be offered for every Intelligent Laptop Computer cart purchase made between March 1, 2010, and June 30, 2010.

“Overcharging a laptop battery is the number-one way to reduce its useable life,? explained Jim Fisher, product manager for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. “The Intelligent Laptop Computer carts are the only carts with a brain smart enough to charge the laptop batteries evenly and reduce power before they become overheated. At the same time, the carts have a Cable Clutter Closet that keeps the cords from getting tangled or lost.? He added, “There is tremendous interest in a cart that saves educational facilities both money and time — in addition to the traditional benefits a cart offers, like mobility, storage, safety and security.?

The brain in each Intelligent Laptop Computer cart is responsible for charging the laptop batteries, with no manual switching or timer required. It redistributes power not only to ensure consistent charging, but also to keep the laptops cool and prevent overheating. The brain also senses when the laptop batteries are almost charged, then automatically decreases power, which extends battery life and saves energy.

Located in the back of the carts, the Cable Clutter Closet provides storage and identification for computer cords and cables. The lockable closet arranges all the cords into special compartments, providing storage and identification for up to 30 wire/cable sets. Both the front and rear access doors fold back against the cabinet sides, making it easy to access the computers from the front while managing cables from the back.

The Intelligent Laptop Computer carts require only a single circuit — one plug to the wall outlet for each cart — to minimize circuit tripping and reduce electricity consumption. The carts also have perforated sides, tops and doors to allow proper ventilation while charging. Both models are UL-certified, RoHS-compliant and GREENGUARD-certified. These designations allow architects and designers to use the carts in applications where LEED credits can be applied and long-term health and safety are of the utmost concern.

Pricing and Availability
Bretford’s Intelligent Laptop Computer carts are available at a starting list price of $3,138. They ship preassembled to reduce set up time. To learn more about Bretford, please call 1-800-521-9614 or go to www.bretford.com. You can also follow Bretford on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf.

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About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
Bretford designs and manufactures dependable furniture products that are built to last for decades and are created to improve how people work and learn. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of furniture solutions. With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Bretford’s superior workmanship and environmentally compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable products, many of which are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®. Bretford products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture.

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